Chemical Attack in Syria
There was the sound of planes in the sky above their heads
Then explosions whilst the innocent slept in their beds
And entire families were unaware as the gas rained down
Upon blameless civilians in northern Syria’s Idlib town.
People ran into the streets choking for their very breath
Convulsing, retching and gasping and then the death
Of over seventy people, including young children too
And chemicals poured from war planes as they flew.
With foaming mouths, dilated eyes, and children that cried
As in their numbers they asphyxiated, collapsed and then died
Some of the survivors helped douse others with water
As the death toll rose amidst this evil slaughter.
Hours later a hospital treating the injured, was hit
But the Syrian military have said they do not admit
And take no responsibility and categorically reject
Any involvement in this crime in any aspect.
Very few of the hospitals have the capacity to cope
With such an attack in this place of no hope
One doctor said he saw whole families that were killed
And could do nothing to help however much he is skilled.
This attack should strike at the very core of humanity
How much longer will the world watch this insanity
As this strike quite clearly is a war crime
And cannot be ignored in this world of our time.
This raid indicates Bashar Assad’s growing confidence
And refocuses on the failure of international incompetence
In preventing the worst abuses of Syria’s heinous war
With its regime that we say we all so abhor.
And as no political solution is still not in sight
The world will continue to witness this fight
With our world leaders with warnings – there’s a price to pay
It’s the civilians paying the heaviest, at the end of the day.